With a new album due for Summer 2010, worldwide concerts with esteemed musicians, and a plethora of praise from notable names in the industry, James Tormé has secured a position as an exciting and promising new act in vocal jazz. Combining elements of R&B, Big Band, Swing, and intimate ballads, James’s style is both unique and versatile, and it has caught the attention of many influential colleagues. James was surrounded by music as a child and was introduced to inspirational artists such as Steely Dan by his father, three-time Grammy Award winning Jazz composer and vocalist, Mel Tormé. Following in his father’s footsteps, James decided to begin a career as a vocalist, using both original material and covers in his performances. James was recently named a Session II Grand Prize Winner and Lennon Award Winner for the jazz category in the 2009 John Lennon Songwriting Contest. Previously in 2007, James won the Chuck Niles Jazz Music Award, and subsequently signed with E1 records in 2008.
James upcoming album “Love for Sale” has been highly anticipated in the jazz community. The CD showcases James’ skill in singing both jazz standards, and pop tunes, with his own distinct style. Although the album pays homage to the music that inspired James, “Love for Sale” is more of an evolution and amalgamation than a replication. His newest LP will feature originals such as “One or the Other,” classic jazz standards like “Autumn Leaves,” and contemporary pop songs such as Michael Jackson’s “Rock with You.” The album has been slated for a release in the summer of 2010, and James’ music can be heard on various radio stations such as Smooth Jazz 94.7 and KS BR-FM.